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Year of the Snake 2013

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Kung Hei Fat Choi
Traditional Dragon dances welcome in the New Year

Farewell The Year of the Dragon 2012 and Kung Hei Fat Choi The Year of the Snake 2013. There are 12 animals in the Chinese Zodiac, with unique personalities attributed to each one. The dragon is the 5th animal to enter the continuous cycle and the Snake is the 6th. According to Chinese astrology which is based on the lunar calendar, the New Year begins at the new moon occurring in late January - early February each year. In 2013, Sunday, February 10th will mark Chinese New Year's Day, but I wonder what will the rest of the year have in store for you?

Year of the Snake:

In Chinese Astrology, because they shed their skin, snakes are seen as a positive symbol of renewal and rebirth. Also, snakes are characteristically clever and changeable, but they don't like to be disturbed - this means 2013 will a great year for all of us to undertake some form of study but be sure to make time to curl up and rest in the sun. Hmm, doesn't sound too bad so far.

Many people make offerings to the gods of prosperity at this time of year.

Seductive Snake overcomes Dangerous Dragon:

Around the world elaborate celebrations will take place as the seductive Snake overcomes the dangerous Dragon. Especially in Asia and also in most major cities, fireworks will grace the skies, feasting will occur and prayers will be made to the powers that be for a prosperous year ahead. In Australia, many cities turn on major festivals to celebrate Chinese New Year - Sydney has Dragon Boat Races, Markets, and a super popular Twilight Parade, which last year drew a crowd of 100 000 people and 3 000 performers. Each year Brisbane Chinatown holds a free three day festival, while Chinatown Melbourne similarly host free celebrations over the Lunar New Year weekend.

Entering the new year with optimism?

Chinese New Year Greetings:

Just in case you want to surprise someone, here are a few ways to say "Happy New Year" in different Asian languages.

Kung Hei Fat Choi - Cantonese
Gong Xi Fa Cai - Mandarin
Sae Hae Bok Manee Badusaeyo - Korean
Chuc Mung Nam Moi - Vietnamese

Because you never know when it might come in handy. Have fun and best of luck for Year Of the Water Snake 2013.
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Why? Good excuse to go out for Chinese Yum Cha
When: Celebrations from 7-24th February 2013
Where: Chinatown in your local city
Cost: Varies
Your Comment
I was born in the Year of the Dragon and this year has been great. I hope the Year of the Snake will be as good. Interesting article and something a little different for the competition.
by Oxford Explorer (score: 2|655) 3211 days ago
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